The Digital Economy Act - Hear direct from regulators, legal experts and industry on the impact of the Act
Monday 27 September 2010 | Central London
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JOHN ENSER Olswang LLP
RACHEL CLARK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
CHRIS ROWSELL Ofcom
TREFOR DAVIES ISPA Council Member
OKKE DELFOS VISSER Motion Picture Association
ANDREW HEANEY Talk Talk
GRAHAM SMITH Bird & Bird LLP
KATRINA DICK Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
TONY BALLARD Harbottle & Lewis LLP
STEPHEN TEMPLE Member of the former Digital Britain Steering Group
JIM KILLOCK Open Rights Group
Attending this conference will enable you to:
• Gain insight from BIS on the latest developments relating to the new Act
• Hear from Ofcom on the Initial Obligations Code of Practice and the response to the consultation
• Examine the practical application of recent case law including Newzbin and iiNet
• Analyse the landscape of online copyright enforcement including the position of intermediaries
• Hear from ISPA on the commercial ramifications of the new Act
Hear direct from regulators, legal experts and industry on the impact of the Act
Why attend this conference?
The passing into law of the Digital Economy Act has been and continues to be fraught with controversy. Nevertheless, the Act is here to stay. With the consultation process on Ofcom’s draft Code of Practice currently under way, it is essential to understand the impact the Act will have on copyright holders, ISPs and subscribers.
The Butterworths® Digital Economy Act conference will offer you an in-depth analysis of the online copyright infringement and other provisions. You will benefit from a range of expert insights enabling you to get to grips with the practical implications of the Act.
Chaired by John Enser of Olswang, do not miss this unique opportunity to hear from Chris Rowsell of Ofcom who is leading the work on the Initial Obligations Code, Rachel Clark of BIS who has led developments on the online copyright infringement provisions in the Act and representatives from ISPA and Motion Picture Association.
Attending this topical conference will enable you to address the following key issues:
• How will Ofcom enforce the Code of Practice?
• How will the notification process work and what are the commercial ramifications?
• Who might be liable for infringement?
• What is the background to the Act including policy arguments and the European telecom’s regulatory package?
• What is the latest position on the other key aspects of the Act including regulation of spectrum?
Who should attend?
Private practice TMT and IP lawyers; in-house lawyers; IP/licensing managers; technical administrators and those responsible for policy are likely to benefit most from the event.
WHO ARE THE SPEAKERS?
JOHN ENSER is a Partner and Head of the Media, Communications and Technology Group at Olswang. John provides commercial and regulatory advice to clients active in all aspects of the media communications and technology sector, particularly those offering audio and video content via digital platforms, whether TV, web or mobile. His regulatory expertise extends to copyright law, and the Broadcasting Acts. He chairs the cross-industry TV Against Piracy group.
GRAHAM SMITH is a partner in the London office of Bird & Bird LLP. He advises online businesses on a wide range of topics including copyright, intermediary liability, lawful access and cross-border issues. He is editor and main author of the leading textbook Internet Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell).
TREFOR DAVIES is CTO and co-founder of Timico. Timico was founded in 2004 and has since then been one of the shining stars of the UK internet scene. For the past 3 years Timico has been 10th, 4th and 23rd in the Sunday Times Microsoft Techtrack100 of fastest growing technology companies. Trefor has worked in the field of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) since 1998, initially as Assistant Vice President of NGN technology strategy at Mitel Corporation. Trefor serves on the Industrial Panel of the Bangor University School of Informatics, is on the council of the UK Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA) and was a founder of the Internet Telephony Service Providers Association (ITSPA). Trefor is also an opinion former in the UK internet industry through his blog at www.trefor.net.
RACHEL CLARK became a Director of the DTI’s Communications and Content Unit in April 2005, with responsibility for broadband policy, the broadcasting sector, with specific interest in digital switchover, digital content and the publishing sector. Recently she led the development of the online copyright infringement provisions in the Digital Economy Act.
CHRIS ROWSELL is currently leading work on the online copyright infringement Initial Obligations Code. He also led the reviews of the retail and wholesale fixed telecoms markets, various charge controls and VOIP policy (including the requirement for emergency services access on VOIP). Chris joined Ofcom from Oftel. Prior to that, he was a journalist covering technology and communications issues at Which? magazine and other publications.
STEPHEN TEMPLE’S Civil Service career embraced spectrum management, telecommunications policy/regulation and procurement. His achievements include the European launch strategy for the highly successful GSM mobile system. In the private sector he was Director of Advanced Technologies at ntl and then MD of their Networks Division and later Director of Strategic Projects at Vodafone HQ.
TONY BALLARD is a solicitor who specialises in the regulation of the radio frequency spectrum as well as telecoms and broadcasting. Highlights of his practice include acting for Orange in the 3G auction and exploring wireless in the local loop in the oxygen absorption band at 60GHz. He has campaigned for spectrum property rights.
KATRINA DICK is a partner in the Technology Law Group at Field Fisher Waterhouse and specialises in communications law and regulation, new media and information technology law. Katrina assists clients with strategic and commercial advice on the European and UK communications regulatory environment and policy developments. Katrina is listed in Chambers UK 2010 as a leading individual in Telecommunications.
JIM KILLOCK joined the Open Rights Group in January 2009. Before joining the Open Rights Group, Jim worked as External Communications Co-ordinator of the Green Party. At the Green Party, he promoted campaigns on open source, intellectual property, digital rights and campaigned against the arms and espionage technologist Lockheed Martin’s bid for the UK Census. He was also a leading figure in the campaign to elect their first party leader, Caroline Lucas MEP. He has a blog at http://jim.killock.org.uk/
ANDREW HEANEY joined TalkTalk Group as Executive Director, Strategy and Regulation in 2007. He is responsible for developing TalkTalk’s strategy and lobbying on regulation and legislation that covers LLU products and prices, Openreach’s NGA product and Government policy for NGA and illegal filesharing. Prior to joining TalkTalk, Andrew was a Competition Policy Director with Ofcom responsible for developing and implementing Ofcom’s strategy and policy for LLU and broadband products. Before Ofcom, Andrew was a Partner with Spectrum Strategy Consultants leading their fixed telecoms group advising operators, regulators, investors, major customers and government on policy, strategy and business development both in the UK and other major economies.
Hear what delegates at our February 2010 IP conference said:
“A one day blast through so many topical issues. Not a ‘dud’ session all day.”
David Moy, Appleyard Lees
“Good mix of speakers, and well designed programme.”
Morag Peberdy, Covington & Burling
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